I certainly wish there were more atv riders like that in Jackson. One of my favorite spots near my house is a set of abandoned cranberry bogs (now public land) and the riders there seem not to have consideration for anyone or anything. I feel like Indiana Jones whenever there's a quad around--perhaps the stupid kids riding by don't notice the HUMAN BEING right in front of them . . . it also seems that every jerk within a 10 mile radius who owns a truck drives 2 miles in the woods with the specific intention of seeing their old refrigerator go SPLOOSH in the lake. Sorry if i sound bitter . . i have no problem with the sport, honestly . . . i've just seen too many beautiful places turned to crap because of people off-roading.
The rest of the riders in the state could learn something from the community that cleaned up wells mills.
I think that's the way a lot of us feel. I've yanked my kids to the side I don't know how many times as riders zip by without a thought that MY CHILDREN are on the trail. Definitely no yields given to pedestrians--which is the state law. Scary thought. We've learned to jump to attention at the sound of one coming.
If more riders acted like responsible citizens of a community, like those that participated in the clean-up, they would find a little more respect. It's going to take time though--there has been a lot of damage done by ATVs, plant populations trashed (a number of them rare species!), and they have gained a reputation for violence when confronted and a disregard for others. Sad, really.
It is a glimmer of hope to see some reaching out to break that stereotype.